Scotland to Safeguard Precious Stones

Herald: Scotland has inaugurated a "consultation document" to protect the country's carved stones for future generations. Frank McAveety, minister for tourism, culture and sport in Scotland, has issued a consultation document designed to safeguard the country's precious carved stones. The protected artifacts will include prehistoric rock art, Roman inscriptions and tombstones throughout the country.

"Much of what we recognise today as culture is embodied in Scotland's rich and varied resource of carved stones," said McAveety. "From the skill demonstrated in prehistoric rock art to the social significance of gravestones, for many of us carved stones are a tangible connection to a very human element of our past."